Opossums are quite common in Alameda County. They are the only native North American marsupial (animals that carry their young in an abdominal pouch). Although opossums are not native to California (they were introduced from the East coast in 1910), they have become established in most urban and suburban areas.

The adult opossum is about the size of a house cat with coarse grayish fur, a pointed face, and rat-like tail. They may reach 15 pounds and males are typically larger than the females. Their hand-like feet make them excellent climbers, especially with the hairless tail.

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A Guide to Opossums

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